- Maryam Sanda, the woman accused of killing her husband, has told an FCT High Court that she does not have a case to answer
- Sanda’s counsel informed the court that the prosecution had not made a prima facie case against his client to warrant her to defend herself
- The prosecution's counsel, however, submitted that the prosecution had made out enough evidence to warrant the defendants to enter defence in the case
- The trial judge subsequently thereafter fixed April 4 for ruling on the no-case submission
An FCT High Court was on Wednesday, March 27, told by Maryam Sanda, the woman accused of killing her husband, Bilyaminu Bello, that she had no case to answer.
The deceased is also the nephew of Alhaji Bello Halliru Muhammad, a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the accused was docked alongside her mother, Maimuna Aliyu; her brother, Aliyu Sanda; and her housemaid, all of whom were accused of concealing evidence by cleaning the blood of the deceased from the scene of the crime.
They all pled not guilty.
Six witnesses has subsequently been called by the police to corroborate the charge.
In his no-case submission at the resumed hearing, Sanda’s counsel, Olusegun Jolaawo informed the court that the prosecution had not made a prima facie case against his client to warrant her to defend herself.
He said the prosecution’s evidence had been done away with during cross examination.
He subsequently urged the court to uphold the no-case submission and discharge Sanda.
In his submission, counsel for the other three defendants, Hussein Musa, also urged the court to acquit and discharge his clients because not enough evidence was adduced by the prosecution to warrant them to enter defence.
The prosecution counsel, Fidelis Ogbobe, however, submitted that the prosecution had made out enough evidence to warrant the defendants to enter defence in the case. He urged the court to dismiss the no-case submission.
According to Ogbobe, the defendants have to make their defence to the charge, as there was enough evidence linking them to the crime.
The trial judge, Justice Yusuf Halilu, thereafter fixed April 4 for ruling on the no-case submission.
A no-case submission means an application by the defendant(s), submitting that the prosecution had not led enough evidence to warrant for conviction or for the defendant(s) to defend herself.
If the application succeeds, the defendant(s) will be discharged and acquitted. However, if it fails, the defendant(s) will be ordered to open their defence.
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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that Maryam Sanda celebrated her daughter’s one year birthday after getting released from jail on bail.
The bail was granted as the police could not prove that the prison facilities could handle her medical condition.
Days after her release from prison, Sanda who was released due to health issues, threw a birthday party for her daughter who had clocked one.
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